House Republican Chairman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made a request on the House floor to introduce S. 4160 to be voted on. S. 4160, which was unanimously approved by the Senate, provides more security to family members of the justices. In spite of McCarthy's request, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi along with her fellow Democrats refused to follow McCarthy's suggestion to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. McCarthy has criticized his fellow House Democrats for refusing to take a vote on the bill. McCarthy also pointed out that their decision was made on the same day that a man was detained for plotting to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, law-enforcement officers detained one of Kavanaugh's neighbors near his Maryland home. Police later indicted the California suspect of attempted murder. McCarthy claimed, “Today, a man was arrested on suspicion of planning to murder Justice Kavanaugh. In the last month, it was reported that the Senate unanimously approved an amendment to offer more security to Supreme Court justices and their families. However, House Democrats have allowed that Bill to sit in the dust. The same party that has led to the political pressuring on justices who are conservative.”
As McCarthy mentioned, Biden's White House has encouraged protests on the steps of justices’ homes. “Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, ‘I recognize that there is a lot of anger right now I think, regarding peaceful protests up to now. And we definitely continue to promote protests that are peaceful. Outside judges' homes.’ That's the President's policy,” McCarthy said.
He also called attention to Democrat Senate Chairman Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) remarks in which he said conservative justices “will pay the price” when they issue an abortion decision that he is not in favor of. As McCarthy said, majority leader Schumer stated, “’I'd like to tell the justices Kavanaugh as well as Justice Gorsuch that you've created an uncontrollable storm, and you'll have to pay for it. It is impossible to know what will happen to you if you continue with these terrible decisions.’ Speaker, with remarks such as that and threats like this Congress is not able to afford to delay. We have a responsibility to defend the justices as well as their families from violence and intimidation. We can fulfill this obligation tonight, prior to when the House is scheduled to adjourn by submitting this legislation to the president's desk,” McCarthy continued.
Justices' homes have been the objects of protests ever since pro-abortion radical protesters grew furious at the Supreme Court's leaked decision, which would overturn the important abortion case Roe v. Wade. Since the leak of the opinion, radical protesters have gathered in front of the residences of Justices Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Chief Justice John Roberts.
McCarthy isn't the only Republican to criticize House Democrats for preventing the bill from reaching the floor to be voted on. Republican Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell also had strong remarks for Pelosi and her coworkers. “We are in the middle of… If the reports are true, and there's an attempt at assassination against an incumbent justice, or a similar attempt to it. This is precisely the kind of incident that many are concerned about, of the reckless, unhinged apocalypse by prominent people towards the justices, which dates back a long time, and particularly in recent weeks, may make it more likely. House Democrats have been in opposition to the legislation that was approved by a majority vote on security measures for Supreme Court justices. This must change and needs to be changed right today… Don't continue trying to figure out how to do the issue… The House Democrats need to end their long-running blockade of this bill, the Supreme Court security bill, and take it up [before] the sun sets tomorrow.”
“The arrest of this individual proves these threats to the Justices' lives are horrifyingly real, and it's unconscionable for House Democrats to leave their families without police protection for even one more day,” Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) stated.
House Democrats are believed to be refusing to sign the bill's inclusion of additional safeguards for Supreme Court employees. When asked about the status of the bill, House Democrat Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) spoke to reporters on Wednesday, saying, “I hope we're close.”